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How to Start Family Holiday Traditions

Tips to start family holiday traditions

When you start holiday family traditions, you can build an identity and a bond. In our high-tech world, it’s important to get your loved ones together. This gives everyone common ground for togetherness and conversations. After all, these are where some of the best times together come from.

Beginning a new family is filled with joys and a sense of adventure. At CSP, we know it can be difficult to start a new holiday tradition for your little ones. Here are 5 suggestions for making fresh family holiday memories.

Keep what you have

When coming together as a family, it is important to know the current traditions for each family. Merging traditions is the easiest way to start family holiday traditions for the entire family.

Look to childhood when you start family holiday traditions

Recall something that you loved from your own past. Chances are you had some traditions you enjoyed as a child. Bring those traditions back. Tell the story of how you felt and what you did while you create the new tradition.

Choose something everyone likes

Holiday traditions aren’t all about you. If you find something that each member of the family enjoys, it will be more likely to survive and become a tradition. Singing carols might not be your cup of tea. However, if it is something the rest of the family loves, you might have to make the sacrifice and learn to love it, too.

Ask what others do when you start family holiday traditions

Find out what other families do during the holidays. You can ask friends, coworkers, people on Facebook or even your waitress.

Choose something simple

Traditions don’t have to be complicated. They can be as simple as making paper snowflakes, hanging the same Christmas tree topper or going to the same vacation spot every year.

No matter what you choose to do, it is important to not force traditions on the others in the family. If there is active resistance to an idea, just let that one go. At CSP, we recognize the importance of traditions for a family unit. What makes traditions work is finding out the best ones to start for your new family.